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Sherman ADAMS

He was an American politician, best known as White House Chief of Staff for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the culmination of a relatively short (18-year) political career that also included a stint as Governor of New Hampshire.


  • Adams entered state politics as a Republican legislator (1941–44; Speaker of the House, 1944). He served a term in the United States House of Representatives (1945–47), making a failed effort to capture the 1946 Republican gubernatorial nomination in New Hampshire. He lost to incumbent Charles M. Dale; he later won this office in 1948.

    When Adams took office as governor, New Hampshire was suffering post-war recession. He called for frugality and thrift in both personal and state expenditures. Retirees were (and are) a significant part of New Hampshire's population; Adams called for increased state aid for the aged, and for legislation which would enable the state's seniors to qualify for Federal Old Age & Survivors Insurance. In 1950 he formed a Reorganization Committee to recommend changes in state operations, and he called for the legislature to act on the recommendations.

    Adams's clipped New Hampshire twang and calls for frugality made him a virtual poster boy for Republican balanced budget values of the time. He served as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Governors (1951–52), and was then asked to be White House Chief of Staff for the new Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was the first person in this position to enjoy the explicit title of "Chief of Staff."


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Denomination: Anglican


  • (senior ) Society American Foresters , USA

  • S.A.R. (New Hampshire society) , USA

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Clubs: Mason (33rd degree). , USA


  • father: Clyde
  • mother: Winnie
  • children: Samuel
  • Jean
  • Sarah
  • Marion
  • Wife: Rachel Leona
Sherman ADAMS
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Born January 8, 1899
Died October 27, 1986
(aged 87)
  • November 30, 1920
    Dartmouth College
  • November 30, 1940
    Dartmouth College
  • November 30, 1950
    University New Hampshire
  • November 30, 1951
    New England College
  • November 30, 1954
  • November 30, 1955
    Center College
  • November 30, 1957
    Middlebury College
  • November 30, 1920 - November 30, 1921
    Treasurer, Black River Lumber Company Vermont
  • November 30, 1942 - November 30, 1943
    member, New Hampshire House of Representatives
  • November 30, 1944 - November 30, 1946
    member, 79th Congress
  • November 30, 1948 - November 30, 1952
    governor New Hampshire
  • November 30, 1952 - November 30, 1957
    assistant, to President United States
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